ANB deploys SuperDome machines

The Saudi-based retail bank intends to consolidate its 18 existing HP Unix servers down to just two HP SuperDome machines.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  October 23, 2003

Arab National Bank (ANB) signed up for a massive server consolidation project with HP yesterday. The Saudi-based retail bank intends to consolidate its 18 existing HP Unix servers down to just two HP SuperDome machines.

“We’re going to get a number of improvements from this project,” says Ahmad Hamza Ashgan, general manager, banking operations & information technology group, ANB.

“The most tangible benefits will be lower cost of ownership, a 30% improvement in processing power and the rationalisation of our operation, in terms of skills and resources,” he adds.

The project has been broken down into two elements. The main body of the implementation will be carried out over the next six months. It includes the actual consolidation of banking services on to the two HP SuperDomes. HP is also undertaking an extensive beta testing period for the solution and training ANB’s IT team on the features of the HP SuperDome servers.

“It is a major step to consolidate out services onto one platform, and it requires very stringent control,” says Ashgan.

“There is also an important element of knowledge transfer. Not so much on the technical side, but to ensure that we learn the best practices from HP that they operate elsewhere in the world,” he adds.

The second component of the project includes mission critical services, such as 24/7 technical support, with a four hour ‘call to restore’ commitment for the two Superdome machines.

HP is installing a seven-man technical team in Riyadh to provide dedicated support for the bank.

ANB’s decision to consolidate its server hardware follows an earlier project to consolidate its storage environment. “We consolidated our storage environment last year,” explains Ashgan.

“It made more sense to consolidate our storage environment first and then move on to the servers. We have been planning to consolidate our server environment for some time,” he adds. D3-1

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